Category: Training Outlines

Digital Storytelling Training Outline


1. Examples


Battle of Gettysburg



Henio Zytomirski

Blog Style

Alice & Kev

Image Based
Flickr- Tell a story in 5 Frames – Wish you were here
Voice Thread – Sad Family

Podcast-Audio Only
Writing Science News Class


Murmur Toronto

Ken Burns Style

Stories for Change – Arthritis

Creative Writing Style – obsession

Full Video

Dickinson Chem-The origins of Fluorine


2.Outline a Story Idea

a. Try a Story Idea Prompt

1.Where is a place in the world you’d like to visit?

a. What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
b. Who was an influential authority in your subject discipline?

2. Or describe a collection of things

a. Five attributes of a great writer
b. Top technology gadgets of the future
c. Most important discoveries in your field

b. Or Start with a Visual

3. Find Some Media

a. Understand copyright & Creative Commons Licensing

                    Creative Commons Search

b. Images

Flickr – Museum List – Most no Copyright

FlickrCC search

c. Audio

1. CCmixter – Music

2. Freesound – sound effects

d. Video

1. Entertainment Magazine’s Free Movies

2. Public Domain movies

3. Open Video Project

4. Internet Archive

4. Pick a Tool to Build Your Story

              A. 50 online tools

B. IMovie

C. Audacity

5. Additional Examples/Resources

            a. 50 Dominoe stories

            b. Story Ideas




Social Networking for Departments and Organizations – Outline


  • Types of Social Media
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Youtube
    • Flickr
    • Blogs
  • Best Practices
    • Connecting to people
    • Know your audience.  Deliver information they are interested in in a way they can connect to it.
    • Be positive
    • Spread good news about the organization, people currently or formerly in the organization
    • Be fun
    • Don’t be a narcissist
    • Be genuine-people connect to that
    • Thank people who comment/fan
    • People like to feel special too
  • Updating Efficiently
    • Streamlining & managing messages/media so sites cross fill each other
    • If you don’t want to maintain all of the elements, start with only a few you can manage.
    • Choose a point person to post
    • Social Media Hour (daily/weekly)
    • Images/Video are great but you have to first have someone shoot it so you can post it.
    • Distribute to student workers/others in organization so it’s not on the party planners shoulders.
  • Promotion
    • Cross Promote with like minded groups.  The more eyes viewing your site the better.
    • Connecting with interested parties first.
  • Technologies
    • Selective Twitter
    • Twitter Feed
    • RSS Graffiti
    • Involver suite
    • Hoot Suite
    • Tweetdeck


Gracefully promote yourself online
Social Media Examiner 
In Social Media, Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail




WordPress Blog – Outline


  • Give location of course blog
  • Tell students to check email and accept invitation to system
    • Change password from auto generated to user selected
  • Overview of post screen
    • Title
    • Body
    • Formating Toolbar
    • Uploads
    • Categories
    • Tags
    • Saving Drafts
    • Publishing
  • Editing Posts
  • Deleting Posts
  • Commenting


Dickinson Blog


WordPress Author Tutorial


Intro to RSS – Outline


  • RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to.
  • RSS In Plain English
  • It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time your favorite website updates.
  • Both of these feed readers work a little like email. As you subscribe to feeds you’ll see that unread entries from the sites you’re tracking will be marked as bold. As you click on them you’ll see the latest update and can read it right there in the feed reader. You are given the option to click through to the actual site or move onto the next unread item – marking the last one as ‘read’.
  • Tools
    • Create a new folder in Google Reader
      • Feed settings > New folder
    • Search Blogs


RSS In Plain English
Google Blog Search
Google Reader

Resources (Class files-pdfs)

Storyboarding Using Comic Life – Outline


  • Showcase good examples from related classes
  • Discuss process of outlining story
  • How to transition to using comic
    • How many pages should the end product be in length?
    • Evaluate best layout for project
  • Comic Life Introduction
    • Using templates
    • Adding a new panel
    • Narrative
      • Text Bubbles
      • Text Box
      • Word Art
    • Adding Images
      • Importing
      • Taking Pictures with ISight Camera
    • Customizing Styles
    • Saving
    • Exporting
      • Export JPEG 150 dpi


Comic Life Download


Comic Life Tutorial

Language Exchanges – Outline


  • Connect through Skype with remote language learners
  • Pair students and language learners together for discussion
    • If number of participants don’t align, partners will be doubled up to ensure everyone speaks
  • Have students add Skype user to their contacts
  • Text chat with user to ask if they are ready to speak
  • Call user
    • Speak first 20 minutes in language students are learning
    • Speak next 20 minutes in English
  • Students may have been assigned example questions to ask during exchange and should be writing down answers throughout conversation


The Mixxer

Babylon Translation


Language Lab Intro – Outline


Introduction of Staff/Media Center

  • Introduction to installed software
    • Skype
    • Can 8
    • Antidote
  • Overview of online resources
    • Dictionaries
    • Spell check/Grammar
  • Windows and Mac language settings
  • Language specific sites
    • News
    • Entertainment
    • Helpful Hints


Wordchamp – Creates mouse overs for all the words on a given page with dictionary definitions.  Great resource for introducing students to online newspapers or books in the public domain.

Project Gutenberg – Great site of public domain books.  Also works in conjuction with the site above.

The Mixxer – Organize language exchanges with native speakers via Skype.  Students can speak with their partner during our outside of class.

Babble – if you’ve seen the rather expensive Rosetta Stone software and like the principle, this is a good site.  It’s basically flash cards of words and phrases with audio.  Students add groups of vocabulary to their list and progress as they master each group.

Livemocha– rather traditional vocab and grammar excercises, though “friends” can leave comments and text anyone else on their site.  Integrates the tandem principle into the exercises with learners commenting on each other’s writing.

BBC Languages – BBC languages are very good.  They also integrate multimedia well and continue to more advanced levels than most other sites.

Google – Google tricks  – Search within

Broadband TV – Watch Television from other countries

Youtube – Localized youTube  ex.

Intro To Video – Training Outline


Dickinson Examples:

  1. Ken Burns Style/Storytelling-Asian Art – Sherri Lullo-Imovie
  2. Ken Burns Style/Mashup – Wal-Mart – Michael Fratantuono
  3. Text/Live Motion Video – Close Reading – Writing Center
  4. Live Motion Video/WhiteBoard – Outline-Draft-Revision – Writing Center
  5. Ken Burns Style/Storytelling/Oral History – Carlisle to Andersonville – House Divided Project
  6. Green Screen/Silent – Samurai Movie – Prof Alex Bates
  7. Live Motion Video/Stop Motion – Sonnet – Prof Mark Aldrich
  8. Live Motion /Explanation – E G G C E P T I O N – Prof Christine O’Neill

Different Style Options

  1. Interview
  2. Screen Capture
  3. Explaining Style
  4. Behind the Desk/News Style
  5. Simple Animation

Assignment Preparation

Student Treatment Plan Form-(copyright Dartmouth College)
Example Video Grading Rubric


IMovie Tutorial

  • Video Editing
    • How to record video-ISight Camera
    • How to import video from camera or computer
    • Editing
      • Selecting portions of video
      • Fine editing
      • Adding Distortions/Enhancements to video
        • Speed up/Slow Down
        • Color/Style
    • Understanding Clip Pane
      • Color coded clips (Used in Project, Favorites, Deleted)
    • Transitions
    • Titles
  • Audio
    • Pulling in tracks
    • Recording Narration
    • Layering Audio
  • Adding Images
    • Ken Burns Effect
    • Adding Distortion/Enhancement to images
      • Color
    • Saving
  • Exporting
  • Burning to DVD


Music-Sound Effects CCMixter-variety of music styles
Moby Gratis – Free music from your favorite Electronica artist (yeah, that guy)
Museopen-free classical works
Free Sound Project-Authentic Sound Effects

Flickr Commons – Museum Collections
Creative Commons

Free Public Domain Movies
Wikimedia Commons
National Archives
Stage 6
Public Domain Torrents
Public Domain Movie Database

Fair Use Checklist-Help deciding if you can use a copyrighted work in your project


Podcast Training Outline


Audio Examples

  1. Creative Style – Role Playing
    Tesman First Year Seminar Tesla VS Edison
    Dave Jackson-Quantum Mechanics-FYS-Time Travel
  2. Good Intro-Connects with Audience-Good imagery
    Jeremy Ball- Atlantic Slave Trade – Carolina Low Country
    Dave Richeson – Shoulders of Giants – Square root of 2
  3. Live Recording-No post production
    Panel Style-Helwig Larsen- Why People Believe Weird Things
    Individual-Public Service Announcement-Jim Hoefler-One Green Minute
  4. Interview excerpt
    Dan Schubert- Untold Stories of Disease & Disability – Obesity
  5. Foreign Language
    Poetry- Chris Francese – Latin Poetry Podcast
  6. Blended Layers of Audio
    Ted Merwin-Great Secular Jews in HistorY
    Missy Niblock-Writing Science News-Commercial Space Travel

Image Example

  1. Sherri Lullo-Imovie-Ken Burns Style-Asian Art

Video Examples

  1. Interview
  2. Screen Capture
  3. Explaining Style
  4. Behind the Desk/News Style
  5. Simple Animation

Podcast types

  1. Public Service Announcement
  2. News Story
  3. Oral History
  4. Interview
  5. Poetry/Theatre/Arts

Discussion-Best Practices

  1. Journalism- Inverted Pyramid of information
    Lead with hook
    Draw audience in
    Personalize with audience
  2. Public Speaking
    Practice aloud
    Practice in front of audience
    Evaluate tone
    Emotions come through in voice
  3. Copyright
    Creative Commons
    Fair use in education

Presentation Methods

  1. Audio only
  2. Image/Slide based
  3. Video


  1. Recording
  2. Editing
  3. Inserting Audio
    CCmixter – Music
    Freesound – sound effects
  4. Saving
  5. Exporting


  1. Enhanced podcast


  1. Images
  2. Effects
    Ken Burns
  3. Titles
  4. Transitions
  5. Audio
    Music/Sound effects
  6. Exporting

Posting Podcast

  1. Itunes RSS feed
  2. Dickinson Blog

Subscribing to podcast

  1. Rss Reader
  2. ITunes

Example Assignment

  1. Richeson: Math
  1. Francese: Latin Poetry

Discussion – with Faculty – Project Consulting

  1. Concerns with project
  2. Adaptability of project to fit scope/class
  3. Assessment


ccmixter-variety of music styles
Museopen-free classical works

Sound Effects

Flickr Commons – Museum Collections
Creative Commons


Fair Use Checklist-Help deciding if you can use a copyrighted work in your project

Take Aways


  1. Audacity
  2. IMovie
  3. Garageband

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